Back It Up! UPDATE


Last night I revealed the not-so-shocking news that I’m a dumbass. The latest proof came in the form of a crashed MacBook hard drive and a missing 28,000 word manuscript that I failed to save to the cloud.

Well, after clicking through hundreds of recovered .doc files on an external drive, I am very happy to report that 25k of the missing 28k manuscript have been recovered. I know as well as you do that the missing 3k was some of the best writing that I’ll ever do, and many of us will probably shed tears and lose sleep over what has been lost, but I have to say—I am thrilled and relieved.

Thanks to all the well-wishers.

Back your files up.

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.


  1. I was preparing for my Author Focus session at Bouchercon last year, and five days before the conference the motherboard went out on my laptop. My data was OK, but inaccessible. I only lucked out because I was able to sit in the Apple store for an hour watching the download to the backup drive I bought before they sent the computer away to get re-lobotomized. (Which reminds me – it’s been over 24 hours since my last backup…)

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